One of the traditional start of school activities for younger kids is always a getting to know you "interest inventory". The teacher hung these in the hall and the parents had to try to pick out their kid's sheet. A drawing signed by each kid was hung directly beneath so that you could check to see if you guessed right. Another mom and I were laughing that these forms are appropriately named "Who Am I?. I would have NEVER guessed some of these answers.
Favorite color- blue???? Since when?
Favorite animal- duck? I know why she said that (has bunches of rubber duckies for the tub) but I would've guessed cat.
Favorite game - Go fish? She played that once over a year ago. We are just getting into the game stage and she is hooked on CandyLand (I guess I need to crack out the Go Fish cards again)
TV Show- "Cartoons"? She watches a couple but I didn't even new the term "cartoons" was in her vocabulary
Occupation - Dentist. I know why she said that. She has been obsessed with teeth ever since her cousin Anna lost a tooth at the campout but I would've guessed that Madeline would've wanted to be a princess. I like the Dentist idea though!
|Waiting for rides|
|Madeline dragging Mama on rides|
|Running, running RUNNING for the fun house|
|Some type of flying contraption|
|Swings! Making silly faces every time we passed Papa|
|The ride that almost killed me!|
|Kelly and Amy|
|Hailey and Madeline on Tilt-A-Whirl|
We also had a temporary thought of adding to our family with either a doggie or another kitty. We went to the SPCA and got pre-approved for an adoption. I grew up with dogs and like the idea of them but after really thinking about the work involved (oh yeah, and David (pretending to be a dog) following me around at my side, underfoot in the kitchen while panting and tapping his foot on the cupboard (to simulate a dog rapping its tail) as I was trying to cook dinner quickly reminded me of some of the pain in the butt aspects of a dog). We also considered the amount of travel we do and realized that we are not ready for a dog.....which made us consider another cat. We ALMOST adopted this cutie below. I saw him at closing time on Friday and came back with David the following morning and the kitty already had an orange collar on that morning indicating that he was adopted......whhaaaa!! Oh well, I guess it wasn't meant to be. But, it was soooo cute to see Madeline and this little guy together. That kitty totally let her man-handle him! I guess we'll still toy with the idea of cat/dog and when the time and/or pet are right we'll know.
|Madeline at SPCA|
And now, David is currently in Germany for business. David and Madeline now have a sweet little ritual when David travels. Madeline began packing a toy for Papa to take on his trip. For this trip they worked on picking out a Polly Pocket together. Madeline almost had a heart attack when she realized that she left Polly in the car as we were dropping David at the airport. Luckily we had plenty of time and I got a parking space close enough to the terminal that I was able to run out to the car to make sure that David could take a Polly Pocket to Germany. Even after getting Polly from the car, Madeline was very concerned that David did not lose her and kept checking that David had Polly. While on his travels, we talk to David on Skype. I don't know if Madeline is more concerned about seeing Papa or Polly on Skype. Occasionally, David will take a picture of Polly doing something in whatever city they are visiting (similar to a school's Flat Stanley project) and he'll email the picture home. As for me, well my ritual when David is traveling it to stock up on chick-flick movies that I know David wouldn't watch, eat crappy food and try to meet-up with friends. So far I watched "Julie & Julia" and also "Coco Before Chanel". Also on tap for this week..."The Back-Up Plan".
|Picking out a Polly Pocket|
|Double & triple checking to make sure Polly is safe|
|Polly looking out David's hotel room in Hamburg, Germany|
|Polly enjoying lunch with Papa in Hamburg|
|A Skype screen shot|
|Making pizzas (aka trying to make things fun while Papa is gone)|